Yukon Sights by Sue Thomas

Granisle to Fort St James BC

15 September 2009 - Tuesday

We certainly enjoyed a quiet night at Red Bluff provincial park campground.  No other folks in the campground.  Surely enjoyed it too!

The day was starting a bit overcast; a recurring theme this year.

Before leaving the area we explored Topley Landing, wondering if it might have more people than Granisle  Not many more, it seemed.  There was a commercial campground in Topley Landing near the pub, but it didn't have any folks camping there either.

So we hit the road, heading south back towards Hwy 16.  The day was REALLY uneventful and even the picture-taking opportunities were limited.

For lunch, we pulled the fifth wheel onto the Fish Lake Forest Service Road, which is just south of Fort St James on Hwy 27.  The GPS kept us on track, however, the first "picnic site" the GPS showed was actually a private retreat now.  So we pulled into a widened spot on the road and got ready to eat. 

Paarens Beach Provincial Park was our first destination, to see if it was open.  It was, but with limited facilities.  After unhooking, we explored the town and area.

Stuart Lake BC near Fort St James
Stuart Lake viewed from the boat launch at Sowchea Bay, looking towards Fort St James

Had hoped to find a nice spot for supper, but no such luck.  So back to the fifth wheel for our nutrition and a quiet night by the fire.

We logged 280 km between Red Bluff Provincial Park and Paarens Beach Provincial Park.

16 September 2009 - Wednesday

This morning we knew it was time to make some miles towards home on Vancouver Island.  Figured the Lac La Hache provincial park campground would still be open, so made that our destination for the day, departing Fort St James at 9:30 a.m. after a good dog walk.

The highway into Fort St James has diverse scenery.  Beetle-kill trees, farmland, ranches and marshes.  A clerk at the gas station in Fort St James told us the beetles had toppled the economy in the area.

Hwy 12 to Fort St James BC
Farmland along Hwy 12 between Hwy 16 and Fort St James

Back on busy Hwy 16 headed towards Prince George.  PG is a big city when you have been in the Yukon for three weeks.  Our first taste of "civilization". 

Hwy 97 Prince George
Highway through Prince George BC

Heading south on Highway 97, we both relaxed a bit.  The highway is being upgraded but still has much 2-lane asphalt.  It is a busy route so 4-laning would be a nice update for it, especially when there a long lines of RVs, semi-trucks and weekend warriors all competing for space.

Hwy 97 BC
Southbound on Highway 97, south of Prince George

I apologize for the lack of pictures through this area.  We have driven it so many times that I simply sat and relaxed while we buzzed on through.  There are numerous rest areas, plenty of services, and a nice provincial park at Ten Mile Lake.  This spot also makes a nice lunch stop.

We arrived in Lac La Hache at about 4:30 p.m., having logged 450 km for the day.

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